Lowe’s works have appeared in more than 200 exhibitions around the world and are part of permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the New York Public Library.
“Marvin is one of the best known and most collected artists to ever be a part of the faculty,” said Dave Colman of the Venue.
Lowe was the recipient of several awards, including a Ford Foundation grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lowe, who was also a jazz saxophonist, studied musical composition at the Juilliard School and English literature at Brooklyn College before receiving his MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, where he worked with legendary printmaker Mauricio Lasansky.
Lowe came to IU in 1967 and helped create the IU Printmaking Workshop with artist Rudy Pozzatti. He worked in the Hope School of Fine Arts until his retirement in 1991.
“He was instrumental in establishing what became the leading print-making departments in the country,” Colman said.
After Lowe’s death in 2010, Pozzatti said of their colleague, “His most important contributions are the least tangible. His exciting intellect, his energy, his tenacity, his generosity and his great sense of humor have given those of us fortunate enough to have worked with him a presence that will remain as an inspiration to us all.”
Seven of Lowe’s large mixed media paintings are on display and available for sale at the Venue. The works, which will be sold on a “best offer” basis, are available until Friday.
— Rachel Osman
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